Day 133 | I Almost Lost Him…

July 20, 2017

Good news! Brett is recovering well! I’m making sure he drinks a lot of water and I’m not letting him do anything strenuous. The doctor said he needed to take it easy.

We did go back to the reservoir this afternoon though meet another mold avoider who is in the same area. No one wanted to swim this time! Except Ramona, she swam to her heart’s content!

Thankfully, our time in the water was pleasantly uneventful and we all returned to our campground unscathed. I think I’m still reeling a little bit from yesterday’s events though.

This evening, I was reflecting on what happened and it hit me really hard. I almost lost him. I started to cry. Brett took me in his arms and I sobbed for what seemed like a really long time.

It was healing for me to process all the feelings that I hadn’t let myself feel yesterday. The fear of losing him. The helplessness of not being able to fix the situation. The sadness over seeing him so weak and pale. The relief the he was alive and recovering.

I’m just so thankful the story had a happy ending. I told Brett I love him now more than ever. I already loved him plenty much though, so I really don’t think a near death experience was necessary. Still, it did remind me one more time of what an incredible treasure he is. He is so precious!

Even though I’m really uncomfortable talking about death, I’m going to get over it so that I can encourage you, my dear reader. Instead of clicking on the next thing, take a minute to turn your full attention to the people you love. Give someone a hug and tell them just how much you adore them. You never know when they might be snatched away.

Nothing brings more clarity about what really matters than a close encounter with death. Often we realize that the things we spend the most time on are not really the most important things. What if we change that today?

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  • Chris Barratt

    Ana, this post is so endearing and full of wisdom. You’re right. Plenty of times we major on the minors and don`t appreciate the people closest to us. So this is good advice from the trenches. And I’m very relieved Brett is ok. When my daughter Sara said to me, “Did you read Ana’s latest post? Brett almost drowned!” I went, “WHAT!!” So I’m very relieved he’s better. Take care of yourselves as we’re all worried about you guys enough!! (big hug! XO) Praise the Lord for His constant care, protection, and provision!!! I will thank Him tonight for watching over you both!!

    July 23, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Aww… This is such a sweet comment Chris! Thank you so much for your kind words. We will do our best to stay safe. Hugs back! 💕

      July 23, 2017 at 9:29 pm Reply
  • Sarah Beth M

    I’m so glad Brett is okay. Reading about what happened yesterday I can definitely see how God was giving him wisdom, clarity, & guidance even when he was worn out from dehydration. I’m glad God provided you with a friend to be with you during such frightening day. ♡ God is good!

    I really appreciate your reminder in this post. Definitely don’t miss these precious opportunities with loved ones to let them know how much you love & appreciate them. That being said, don’t let fear of loss & anxiety remain. Keep processing these emotions and surrendering them to God. As someone who lost a loved one very suddenly, I do not lie that the hope of heaven (for those who are in Christ) erases the pain of loss. But the pain of loss is one thing. The tormenting darkness of fear & anxiety over worst-case-scenerios is entirely another and does not belong here. The perfect Light of God’s Love casts out that darkness. Keep seeking Him & letting Him shine the Light of His love into your dark & hurting places. Let God make the most of opportunities with your loved ones and continue to trust Him. He is Enough where we are not • • • Psalm 91; 1 John 4:18; Deuteronomy 33:27; 31:8; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 .

    Love & prayers for you both. Thank you for graciously sharing your journey • • • for your honesty & vulnerability & for sharing the places where you (do & don’t) see Jesus. He is here with you through all of it ♡

    July 23, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Amen! Thank you for sharing your thoughts Sarah. It’s an important reminder. 💕

      July 24, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Sara Mattson

    Love you, Ana. <3 <3 <3

    July 24, 2017 at 11:39 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Love you too! 😘

      July 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Courtney

    I nearly cried reading this.

    July 24, 2017 at 7:17 pm Reply
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